SATURDAY QUESTIONS – This grid is a neat achievement. It was Evan Kalish’s first Saturday quiz, and he’s now hit the cycle as a builder of at least one daily puzzle for all seven days of the week, plus a variety puzzle ( a crossword with few vowelsif you are interested in smthng nw page).
This grid gives solvers good mental exercise. I especially like x and k’s fluency in quirky words throughout, great puzzles, and a number of premieres and rarity.
This grid has a lot of puzzles that will please the general public, I hope – THE ADVENTURE in the movie poster “Home Alone”, TRIX BOY and “soft ears”, NETFLIX SPECIAL by Hannah Gadsby. I found some of the smallest items in this puzzle to be head-cutting toys. The word “port” makes me think of shipping goods, not data via USB; for “Charged”, I wrote “lead”, not FEES; “Lagunitas“Is a brand new to me and with the crossword, makes up IPA beer.
31A. This “crisis of the early 21st century” is a launch with an ill-timed timing; let’s hope the appearance of GREAT DECLARATION in this puzzle is not an omen.
57A. “Prix de Lausanne” is an annual competition for young dancers in Switzerland and is the showcase for many famous Ballerinas.
63A. “The campus with the striking statue of Will Rogers on his horse Soapsuds” is not the actor’s alma mater; a friend donate statue came to TEXAS TECH in 1950, after Rogers’ death, for a nearly 10-foot tall steed and cowboy sculpture in keeping with West Texas tradition.
6D. Clues “Image problem?” is a meta type, a non-type. It refers to a crossword puzzle fixture, REBUS, which may be a complete pun or may incorporate illustrations (to baffle effect).
33D. “Several pieces in a bucket” settles for THIGHS, which I found odd until I made the leap to the “barrel” of fried chicken parts. I’m sure many people know this from the bat, but the popularity of the chicken bucket dates back to Colonel Sanders’ Marketing Acumen in the 1950s and it’s a global icon at the time. However, my urban childhood lacked this particular connection.
If I remember correctly, I saw a tweet by Jason Alexander saying that he feels dumb when it comes to weekend crosswords, so I thought I’d name his (14 letters) in a useless puzzle. Yada yada yada, many iterations later and the SPECIAL NETFLIX ends up in the JASON ALEXANDER position!